Why did I abandon Windows for good?

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Windows 7: after installing any framework version higher than 4.0, it went into an infinite restart loop. If not installing a framework it worked fine but as you can imagine, you can't play games without that framework or without drivers (they too install a framework). The weird part is that exactly the same Windows 7 edition used to work perfectly fine with the same .Net Framework version 3 years ago and with the same drivers from 3 years ago. That makes me think Windows 7 has "pre-programmed aging" in order to force you to use the latest crap in Microshit's inventory.
Windows 10: you gotta constantly tinker the damn registry to do even simple settings that used to be easily accessible in Windows 7. On top of that there's absolutely no way to disable the antivirus, therefore - no cracked games. After a long tinker in Group Policies and registry, you think you have disabled the antivirus but in fact you havent. An antimalware process keeps running itself and there's absolutely no way to disable that process. Adding insult to injury, you have no rights to change anything about your own admin account, not to mention the rights to choose a default program for the file types you want. The most popular file types had no "browse" button in properties to change the program used for opening them.
Windows 11: you could easily disable the real time protection but the antimalware process is still there when you boot the system. The registry tinkering continues for even simple things like assigning shortcut keys to change the keyboard layout.
Windows 10 & 11: both refused to be installed the traditional way because the disk was MBR. When I changed it to GPT, both refused to install the traditional way for the same reason - because the disk was GPT! There's no pleasuring the damn Crapindows, no matter what you do! I had to use the Shift+F10 for Crap 10 to install it but that method no longer works for Crap 11.
When I bought a 4TB HDD and formatted it for first use, I made it MBR NTFS because back then I still hadn't reasearched what GPT was, so I did what I knew better. Linux properly detected that hard drive as a single 4TB hard disk. Crap 10 & 11 detected it as a hard disk consistent of two inacessible partitions, 2 TB each.
So after Crap 10 & 11 "told" me that they can't install on a GPT disk (after crying about MBR for months), I had a surge of Klingon rage because of the constant Microshit's idiotism and kicked almost everything related to Windows in its ass, including the ISOs I had and made all drives to be ext4.


These are my reasons to abandon Crapindows for good. What are yours?
 


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The built-in spyware. I didn't like the idea of Microshit recording everything I said or did through the microphone and camera on my laptop at the time, and then (not trying to get political here) using the Prism Program and Patriot Act as a justification for doing so. While this wasn't initially a reason, I do like the control Linux gives me. The 3rd reason would be Linux is a community-developed operating system, rather than a corporate product like Winblows (the kernel is developed by corporations like Microshit, but that's besides the point).
 
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It is a pain for me to follow all rules for collecting of personal data. Phone has your location, but we cannot use it to suggest commute unless we disclose that we use your location.
If we collect our application usage (how many times you use a feature, for example) or if we send crash data, we need to strip all personal data. It is a pain. We have mandatory training for dealing with customer data.
Finally Microsoft wants to make money (I am interested too, to get salary). The worst nightmare is to accidentally collect and then leak personal data, so we take it very seriously. For example, Windows 10 has a feedback tool where people can describe their problems. People sometimes put their name and e-mail addresses and, since we want to share this feedback with device manufacturers, we need to clear personal data from the feedback. This is a huge problem and there is a whole project dedicated to this, but finally they hired contractor to do it manually. It did cost a lot of money.
The bottom line we use personal data (for example Exchange servers keep a lot of e-mails ), but take special efforts to protect it. For example, I work on project that automatically checks you into meetings. We have to take special extra steps to make sure your data is stored properly and that delays our project.
Sorry for long answer, but the bottom line is that if my code leaks personal data and then people sue Microsoft, Microsoft loses money. That would not be fun for me.
 

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Windows becoming essentially surveillance malware with a side-dish of operating system was the straw that broke the camel's back for me.
 

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When the registry could not be easily tweaked for performance enhancements et cetera any more . . .

No, I wanted to get away from windoze before doing so in 2010.

Sun workstations running GIS software intrigued me and they ran on UNIX. Political bs got in the way of UNIX licensing or such, GNU/Linux proved an easier get and it's a similar OS, so there it started, for me.

And it is probably why I am running Slackware 15 at this moment in time, to tell the truth.
 

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I was happy running windwoes 7...putting up with spyware...viruses...the blue screen of death...computer slowing down...going in to the registry and deleting registry keys left over from deleted software...updating software...trying to repair corrupt windwoes files (sfc/scannow) that never worked...going through all the windwoes updates looking for spyware updates and being told what to do on my own computer.
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Running chkdsk thinking I had problems with my HDD...trying to repair windwoes errors that came up now and then. I had a CD wallet full of repair disks...anti-virus...win 7 repair disk...spotmau rescue CD...trinity rescue kit CD...ultimate boot CD...memtest...hiren's boot CD.

Then that horrible...ugly...useless windwoes 8 came out...that's when I decided to look at Linux and soon discovered what I'd been missing...the freedom...not having to repair anything because nothing breaks and no spyware.
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When I look back and think of all the crap microsuck put me through...how stupid was I.
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Ha spyware is everywhere that has to do with the internet and ain't no hiding from it.

Exactly the reason craptop computers are not used in my home.

While IoT devices have unfortunately become the norm (what do you expect from sheeple?), which makes them harder to avoid, one way you can reduce them spying on you is not own ANY IoT device. I still live with my parents, and my dad (being a sheep) owns a smartphone, but doesn't own a smart speaker, smart appliance, smart watch, etc. I can tell he finds it complicated to use, but doesn't want to go back to using a regular flip phone like I did, claiming texting is complicated (even though he doesn't text very often), or the screen's too small (even though you can zoom in with the press of a few buttons).

There's nothing wrong with a laptop as long as it's not running proprietary software or has the Intel Management Engine enabled. Mine has neither problem because it's only running FOSS and was made before the IME became standardized. I am planning to buy a newer one from System76, but only one that has IME disabled (such as this: https://system76.com/laptops/galago). Although Ubuntu and PopOS are the only two options they give you, that's no big deal because I can always put whatever distro I want onto it afterward.
 

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Folks just a gentle reminder that the subject of this Thread is

Why did I abandon Windows for good?​


Please stay On Topic - perhaps confine yourselves to one Post per person on the subject matter only?

I have the current #4 and #9 - 13 in my sights, and the providers of those could do the OP and me a favour and delete them yourselves.

If you have further reasons come to mind (for abandoning Windows) you can always come back and edit your own Post, perhaps just add something like

Edit additional reasons

at the end, so people know you have had more input.

Thanks

Wizard
 

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I remember that I wanted to disable the Windows 10 keylogger that they had installed with some update, and I was sure that I had done that by following a tutorial. Then some time passed and I was keep seeing posts on the internet about the new windows keylogger, so I checked again just to be sure that I have disabled it. The GUI had changed after some update and I couldn't find the option, I searched for tutorials again and finally found out that the keylogger was enabled all this time, So I didn't bother disabling it, I did a backup and download a Debian 10 ISO and Rufus. It was something I wanted to do for a long time for various reasons. The rest is history
 
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I remember that I wanted to disable the Windows 10 keylogger that they had installed with some update, and I was sure that I had done that by following a tutorial. Then some time passed and I was keep seeing posts on the internet about the new windows keylogger, so I checked again just to be sure that I have disabled it. The GUI had changed after some update and I couldn't find the option, I searched for tutorials again and finally found out that the keylogger was enabled all this time, So I didn't bother disabling it, I did a backup and download a Debian 10 ISO and Rufus. It was something I wanted to do for a long time for various reasons. The rest is history
You can't disable the keylogger. As it became clear some time ago, the code of every single app of Crap 10 contains a keylogger, including the calculator. The only solution for no keylogger is "no Windows".
 
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